D.C. gears up for a special election to replace a former lawmaker now headed to prison. Maryland braces for a special session to reconcile the state's budget woes. And new polls suggest Virginia is in store for barn-burning races later this fall. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Same Sex Marriage and the Virginia Vote
In November 2006, Virginia voters approved an amendment to the Commonwealth's constitution banning gay marriage. Ballot question 1, which amended Virginia's Bill of Rights, passed with 57% of the vote. This map shows how Virginia voted, broken down by congressional district. Virginia's 3rd District, currently represented by Bobby Scott (D), was one of only two districts to vote against the amendment:
D.C. council member David Catania talked about the city's system for issuing medical marijuana licenses:
Alsobrooks said that the ability to gather DNA evidence from people in Maryland who have been charged, but not yet convicted, of crimes can be a "crucial tool" in prosecuting murder and rape cases in the state. Recently, Maryland's highest court declared the practice unconstitutional, and the matter may later proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court:
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese's new book, The Voyeur's Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese's story.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla car using the "autopilot" feature. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Alex Davies of Wired about the crash and what it means for self-driving car technology.
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